Vintage Thai Temple Rubbing on Rice Paper
Vintage Thai Temple Rubbing on Rice Paper
Vintage Thai Temple Rubbing on Rice Paper
Vintage Thai Temple Rubbing on Rice Paper
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Vintage Thai Temple Rubbing on Rice Paper

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This original framed charcoal rubbing was made from a marble carving depicting the story of Ramakien on the What Pho temple walls in Bangkok. The artists would put rice paper on these walls and produce a rubbing using charcoal, a practice that was outlawed circa 1970 to preserve the original artwork. The frame has a few scratches and chips in it but the rubbing itself is in excellent condition and of a high quality.

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The Ramakien ( Thai version of the Ramayana) is a fascinating tale about good triumphing over evil following the battle between King Rama and Tosakanth, the King of the Demons. Tosakanth falls in love with King Rama's queen, named Sida. He kidnaps her and takes her to his palace in Krung Longka in hopes that she will fall in love with him.